Heat wave sweeps across country-- 48C
This summer has seen the mercury soaring to record levels across the country,resulting in severe heat wave conditions
North to south,heat sparing none
New Delhi: Its the peak of summer,a time when heat waves are common in most parts of India.But what the country is currently witnessing is killer heat that has shattered temperature records in many cities and has in its grip an entire swathe from the Jammu region through Punjab,Haryana,Delhi,west UP,Rajasthan,MP,Chhattisgarh,Vidarbha and north Karnataka,down to Telangana.
Parts of Rajasthan,MP and Gujarat are in midst of a severe heat wave and temperatures have hit 48C at several places.On Tuesday,the maximum temperature in Kota was 48.4C,the highest ever in the city in May.Hissar at 48.1C and Ganganagar (also 48.1C) also shattered records.
In MP,Guna experienced a first-time ever high of 48C on Monday.The same day,Bhopal recorded the highest temperature since Independence when the mercury shot up to 46C.In Maharashtra,Wardha touched 47.7C on Monday.
In Delhi,the Palam station recorded 46.3C on Tuesday even as humidity levels remained above normal,making coolers less effective for this time of the season which usually sees dry heat.Doctors in the capital said they have been getting around 10-20 % more cases of heatstrokes than last year.Ridership in the air-conditioned Metro touched an alltime high of 11.34 lakh on Tuesday while power demand was at a record 4,530 MW.
While a consolidated toll wasnt available,its likely to be pretty high.In Vidarbha,the toll is reported to be 32.More than 20 deaths were reported from Rajasthan on Monday alone,while three more are believed to have succumbed to heat in Jaipur on Tuesday.